Online Voting is now open for the Fall 2017 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!
VOTE HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/nsUw1SJ9iJHhyaHh2
Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below.
Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on Wednesday, November 29.
To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).
Read the Candidate Platforms Below:
Becca Simas for President
Hello! My name is Becca Simas. I was an ALT in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2015-2016. Since returning from Japan last summer, I’ve been working as a program coordinator, academic and career advisor, and ESOL instructor at an adult English language school in downtown Boston.
I first joined New England JETAA when I became the Webmaster/Communications Coordinator last fall. Some of my fondest post-JET memories have been with the NEJETAA community, whether it be at one of our events promoting Japanese culture or simply spending time connecting with other alumni over our experiences in Japan.
If elected as president, I want to continue strengthening our bonds with our neighboring chapters and subchapters, hopefully planning a cross-border trip to Canada in 2018, and holding events on a monthly basis, even if it’s just a monthly Sushi and Sake Saturday. I’m excited for the opportunity to help grow our chapter in the next year and become more active in our surrounding communities. Thank you!
Kayla Porter for Membership Coordinator
I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.
Since moving to Boston, I’ve gone to graduate school at Lesley University, and begun working as an international student advisor.
I’ve also had the pleasure of spending the last year serving as the Membership Coordinator for NEJETAA, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the other board members to create a stronger JET network in New England.
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen our connections with JETs across the region. Our membership rolls and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.
I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!
Josephine Chong for Membership Coordinator
My name is Josephine Chong and I want to be your next Membership/Marketing Coordinator! I just returned from 2 awesome years in Arao-shi in Kumamoto prefecture, and relocated down to the Boston/Central Massachusetts area from Toronto Canada this fall. Being a returning JET and new to the country and area, I’d love to get involved with NEJETAA and connect with others in the JET community.
During my time in Japan, I became very involved with the local Japanese community and travelled all over Kyushu with my fellow JET’s gaining some very unique cultural experiences. I’d love to bring the same sense of community to NEJETAA to help returning alumni (like me) reconnect with others who share similar interests and experiences. I think NEJETAA can be a great social and professional network, and I aim to do my part in building this community both online and in person. I hope to meet as many of you guys as I can in the coming year!